JUST RELEASED 07.18.2018
Animal Cruelty: A Possible Warning Behavior for Terrorism and Other Premeditated Violence against Humans Which Needs Reporting and Further Vetting
The Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team – a collaboration between the National Counterterrorism Center, the Department of Homeland Security, and the FBI – released a new addition to its First Responder’s Toolbox series, Animal Cruelty: A Possible Warning Behavior for Terrorism and Other Premeditated Violence against Humans Which Needs Reporting and Further Vetting.
The report acknowledges the connection between animal cruelty/abuse and future acts of targeted violent crimes against humans. It outlines the importance of reporting and vetting animal cruelty cases and stresses the need for multidisciplinary cooperation in investigating and prosecuting them. The report also gives some basic tips in investigating animal cruelty cases.
Read the entire report here.
Check out this infographic that highlights the things John Thompson, Deputy Executive Director of the National Sheriffs Association, discussed during his webinar including the misunderstood nature of animal abuse crimes, and their link to violence against humans.
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